Password protecting folders with nginx

Ever wondered how you can password protect a folder and the underlying content with nginx the same way Apache does? Pretty simple.

First create a htpass-file like so:

htpasswd -bc htpass NewUser NewPassword

Edit your site’s configuration file by adding the following lines of code inside the server-block:

location ^~ /secret {
    auth_basic "Restricted";
    auth_basic_user_file /etc/nginx/htpass;

And your folder should be password protected. :)